Monday, April 20, 2015

Destruction Imminent


Destruction Imminent was developed by Cunning & Devious Games back in 1996 for the Atari ST/e. It's a first-person shooter similar to a typical Wolfenstein clone with many creepy, baddy-infested levels to explore. There are many weapons ranging from the humble pistol to the more powerful machine gun, rocket launcher and plasma rifle. Monsters range from robots and spiders to some the oddest looking creatures - one looks like Daroou from DM!!

Controls are very simple - cursor keys are used to walk, CTRL to fire your weapons and SHIFT to run away like a cowardly chicken. Side-stepping is available and we can use the function keys to flip between weapons and health. Movements are fast and responsive, considering it's keyboard, but I'm so impressed just how fast and smooth a stock Atari ST/e computer performs. Ignoring the (why grey?) drab user-interface, its 3D engine is mightily impressive with texture mapping, light-sourced sprites, and a superb framerate! Everything is better on the Atari STe for better/faster visuals along with DMA stereo music and gorgeous sound effects.

There are two versions to download off the internet, one is the demo with heavy restrictions and the other appears to be the full version - which Goodmans PDL sold for under a tenner. I would pay double that today for this amazing shoot 'em up!! Yes, Destruction Imminent is an extraordinary example of what the Atari ST/e was capable of and it's easy to see that a lot of love went into its development. Play on the Atari STE if you can and enjoy a superb FPS!!

LINKS

 - I recorded a video for you all to drool over my extreme gaming skills!
 - I believe I've found the full version which you can download off my Dropbox.